7 DRUG CASES IN 24 HOURS

Po­lice ‘dis­ap­pointed’ with driv­ers af­ter Dalby op­er­a­tion yields alarm­ing num­ber of of­fend­ers

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­by­her­ald. com.au

DALBY po­lice were “dis­ap­pointed” with the num­ber of mo­torists found to be driv­ing with drugs de­tected in their sys­tem over the past 24-hour-pe­riod be­tween Mon­day morn­ing De­cem­ber 31 and Tues­day morn­ing Jan­uary 1.

Seven peo­ple were charged with drug driv­ing dur­ing this pe­riod in ad­di­tion to a num­ber of driv­ers who were found driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Dalby po­lice said the driv­ers would ap­pear in Dalby Mag­is­trate’s Court in Jan­uary.

Sergeant Tony Logue, from Dalby Po­lice, said the num­ber of mo­torists found driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of a drug was higher than last year dur­ing this pe­riod.

“To have so many cases over a 24-hour pe­riod is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing,” he said.

“Peo­ple clearly aren’t lis­ten­ing to our mes­sage about road safety.”

On De­cem­ber 31, a 43-year old Dalby man was in­ter­cepted on Cun­ning­ham Street at 10.05am; a 19-year-old Dalby woman was in­ter­cepted on Con­damine Street at 10.16am, and a 19-year-old Dalby woman was in­ter­cepted on Pa­trick Street around noon.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a fur­ther four driv­ers were in­ter­cepted on New Year’s Day, prior to lunch time.

At 7am a 25-year-old Dalby woman was in­ter­cepted on Ni­chol­son Street; at 8.12am a 44-year-old Dalby man was in­ter­cepted on Or­pen Street; at 9.17am a 21-year-old Dalby man was in­ter­cepted on Bagot Street, and at 10.35am a 40-year-old man from Muswell­brook NSW.

Po­lice urge driv­ers to re­main aware of the fa­tal five when it comes to op­er­at­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Sergeant Mark Woitowitz, from the Dalby Road Polic­ing Unit, said drug driv­ing was one of the “fa­tal five” when it comes to driv­ing.

“We get re­ports ev­ery month about the causes of road fa­tal­i­ties and both drug driv­ing and drink driv­ing play a ma­jor role,” he said.

“Whether it be pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion, il­le­gal sub­stances or drink driv­ing, they’re all linked; they all play a ma­jor role in the fa­tal five.”

Sgt Woitowitz said peo­ple of­ten don’t re­alise the af­fects a sub­stance has had.

“It af­fects your re­ac­tion time, your per­cep­tion.”

He said sub­stances could still be de­tected in one’s sys­tem even af­ter a pe­riod of time and that driv­ers should be mind­ful when get­ting be­hind the wheel.

“Peo­ple tak­ing th­ese il­le­gal sub­stances have no clear line in the sand as to when those sub­stances will be out of their sys­tem.”

First time of­fend­ers on an open li­cence are at risk of a $300 fine and a month-long driv­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“That’s first of­fence. It keeps in­creas­ing from there on in,” he said.

Po­lice con­tinue to con­duct op­er­a­tions, with an­other com­ing up this month, tar­get­ing im­paired driv­ing.

❝ To have so many cases over a 24-hour pe­riod is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing. — Sergeant Tony Logue

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

DIS­AP­POINT­ING: Driv­ers were tested across the Dar­ling Downs.

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